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‘A ROMAN TRIUMPH’

THE GUARDIAN

RSC's Imperium transfers into the West End

RSC's Imperium transfers into the West End
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Imperium

BASED ON THE CICERO TRILOGY BY
ROBERT HARRIS

ADAPTED BY MIKE POULTON

RSC's Imperium transfers into the West End


Robert Harris’s best-selling Cicero trilogy, adapted for the stage by Mike Poulton, transfers to London’s West End this summer

This acclaimed, historical, two-part thriller has a limited engagement at the Gielgud Theatre from 14 June to 8 September 2018

Directed by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, IMPERIUM transfers to London following its recent sold-out run in Stratford

Cast will be led by Richard McCabe as Cicero (Olivier and Tony Award-winner for The Audience) and Joseph Kloska as Tiro (RSC’s Written On The Heart)

Over 10,000 tickets available for £10 and under, throughout the run. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Playful Productionsare delighted to announce the West End transfer for acclaimed, historical two-part thriller IMPERIUM - I: ConspiratorandII: Dictator, running for a limited engagement at London’s Gielgud Theatre from 14 June to 8 September 2018.

Robert Harris’ best-selling Cicero trilogy is adapted for the stage by Mike Poultonas six one-act plays, presented in two performances, each with two intervals. Directed by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran, IMPERIUMtransfers to London following its recent sold-out run at the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

The cast will includeNicholas Boulton, Guy Burgess, Daniel Burke, Jade Croot, Peter De Jersey, Joe Dixon, John Dougall, Michael Grady-Hall, Oliver Johnstone, Paul Kemp, Joseph Kloska, Patrick Knowles, Richard McCabe, Hywel Morgan, David Nicolle, Siobhan Redmond, Patrick Romer, Christopher Saul, Eloise Secker andSimon Thorp. Further casting is still to be confirmed. 

Told through the watchful eyes of Cicero’sloyal secretary, IMPERIUM- I: Conspiratorchronicles how the great orator’s early success unwittingly paves the way for a brutal and bloody end to the Republic.

With Rome in chaos at the beginning of IMPERIUM- II: Dictator, Ciceromust use all his brilliance to restore the power of the Senate from the civic mob and their would-be Emperor: one Gaius Julius Caesar.

International best-selling novelist Robert Harrisis known for historical fiction. In addition to his Cicero trilogy, his books include Fatherland, Archangel, Enigma, PompeiiandThe Ghost, which have received major screen adaptations.His latest thriller Munich based on the 1938 Munich agreement, was published in September 2017. Harris is a former BBC correspondent and columnist for The Sunday Times and Daily Telegraph. 

RSC Associate Artist Mike Poultonis a playwright, and adapter of classical plays including works by Chekhov, Ibsen, Schiller, Euripides, and Strindberg. For the RSC, Poulton's previous adaptations have included St Erkenwald,Chaucer's Canterbury Tales,Malory's Morte d'Arthur,and Hilary Mantel's best-selling novels Wolf Halland Bring Up The Bodies.

Gregory Doran has been Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2012. His huge variety of directorial projects has not only included over 27 major Shakespeare productions, he also directed a Jacobean season of plays which won an Olivier Award in 2002, as well as classics from the UK and abroad.  In 2013 he instigated the RSC’s “Live From Stratford-upon-Avon”, a new programme to screen productions live from Shakespeare’s home town, including the free streaming of the productions straight to UK schools. Gregory delivered the Richard Dimbleby Lecture for the BBC in 2016

This theatrical event, co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Companyand Playful Productions, follows their last collaboration on Mike Poulton’s stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Halland Bring up the Bodieswhich enjoyed success at the Aldwych Theatre after its Stratford run and transferred to Broadway in 2015.

IMPERIUMis designed by Anthony Ward, with lighting by Mark Henderson. Music is composed by Paul Englishby, with sound by Claire Windsor. 

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